Clearing The Roads

By: Laurabree Austin Email
By: Laurabree Austin Email

Thursday's snow was Friday's black ice and that means slick roads and sidewalks.

Most of us are inside, but people are still out making sure your drive into work this morning is safe.

The white stuff, combined with these cold temperatures, are why Columbus Justice Jr. is working to treat the not- so-obvious ice.

For 28 years he's made sure the rest of us can get around.

Justice said, "If I can't do my job, then no one else can go no where either.

Justice says he enjoys his job, but he knows the big truck he drives can be a danger as he's out clearing dangerous ice.

He says safety always comes first.

Justice said, "I always try to look left, right, both my mirrors and keep a safe following and don't get in no hurry."

Part of the challenge for the Division of Highways is, there's a large area to cover and no one place where the worst stuff will be.

Frank Ball, West Virginia Departments of Transportation, said "We got snow showers coming through and they just hit in different areas. You got to be out there and keep checking and whatever comes."

Ball says it's important drivers stay a safe distance away from their trucks.

He says it's frustrating to see drivers taking chances in these kind of conditions.

Ball said, "They come through. Seems they don't want to adjust to the situation. They want to run the same speeds. If the road is wet, slick or dry, some use too much caution and that causes problems too."

The D.O.H. workers are scheduled for 12 hour shifts.

They pay special attention to overpasses that always freeze first.

WSAZ NewsChannel 3 645 Fifth Avenue Huntington, WV 25701 304-697-4780 WSAZ Charleston 111 Columbia Avenue Charleston, WV 25302 304-344-3521
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 5368746 -